Learn the Address
In preparation for the much anticipated release of the documentary “The Address,” WUCF TV is joining filmmaker Ken Burns and PBS in challenging Central Floridians to video record themselves reading or reciting the Gettysburg Address. Videos can be submitted through April 30th.
Watch "The Address" - April 15th
The inspiration for this Ken Burns project is the tiny Greenwood School in Putney, Vermont. There, fifty boys, ages 11 to 17, struggle through a myriad of learning differences to memorize and recite the Gettysburg Address, a rite of passage at the school for the last 35 years. Past failures and humiliations are heroically confronted as their presentations open the door to what Lincoln himself called, “a new birth of freedom.” Interweaving the history of this most famous of American speeches with the contemporary journey of the boys at Greenwood, “The Address” reveals the timeless resonance of Lincoln’s words, while culminating in the triumph of the human spirit.
Funding for THE ADDRESS is provided by Bank of America; the Anne Ray Charitable Trust; Public Broadcasting Service; and members of The Better Angels Society, including The Pfeil Foundation and Robert & Beverly Grappone. Funding was also provided by Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), as part of “American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen,” a public media initiative to help communities solve the national high school dropout crisis and keep more students on a successful path to college and career.